This is the fourth article in the series, The Five W’s of Writing (Who, What, When, Where, and Why).
Do you have a special place to do your writing? Or, do you write wherever you are? The key is to find what works best for you.
The very word “office” conjures up visions of desk work. Many writers say they get more done when they work in their designated writing place. It’s not necessarily a whole room, just a space set aside only for writing. This has worked well for author Jim Watkins, who has used the same writing desk for his whole career. Here’s what my writing space looks like. And, take a look at two other writers’ home offices. Tricia Goyer posted photos of writers’ desks on Pinterest here.
Some of my writing teachers have suggested that writing in public places gives you ideas that you would not get otherwise. Today’s coffee shops and fast food restaurants with wireless Internet make it easy to write in public without being obvious about it. Here’s an article by Nancy Warren on “brewing up inspiration.”
When I need to get away from the distractions of home, I take my laptop to my public library. It goes without saying that libraries are generally quieter than other public places. Ours has both indoor and outdoor tables with comfortable chairs, and a number of sofas scattered around the building—plus wireless Internet service.
Now, I admit that this never occurred to me until I heard Mark Whitlock describe how he used a transcription service to get his ideas on paper. When Mark was with Thomas Nelson Publishers, he taught a conference workshop on getting past writers’ block. He shared that he engaged a transcription service to put his words in a text file that would be sent to him via email. He often phoned in his writing ideas while driving or when he was too tired or too busy to write it down.
What about you? Do you find that it makes any difference where you write? Share your ideas by commenting on this post.
Other “Where” Articles:
- Organizing your writing place
- Where Do You Write?